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Adult Career Pathways Special Initiatives


The ACP program, in collaboration with the SkillSource Group, offers special services to currently unemployed, honorably discharged service members, including; job placement assistance after credential completion, additional funding options, and assistance with prior learning assessment of military training for college. This initiative is funded by the Virginia Community College System’s Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment.

ACP’s Success Advisor, Trasi Watson, is assigned to this initiative. Prior to coming to NOVA, Trasi worked as an academic advisor and program manager for the TRiO program at Guam Community College where she helped first generation college students and low-income families gain access to higher education opportunities. While overseas, she volunteered and worked as an academic counselor in the Navy College office. In addition, Trasi worked two years in the Yokosuka Fleet and Family Support Center providing life skills trainings.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

ACP is part of a national consortium of various community college and workforce development training organizations dedicated to preparing students for careers in STEM fields. This Credentials to Careers initiative is funded by the Department of Labor. One component of the initiative matches students with internships in their field of study.

ACP’s Success Advisor, Erika Coddington, is assigned to this initiative. She specializes in credentials and careers in the field of Information Technology. Erika has more than 10 years of experience working with student success in higher education. Her background includes; development of multiple student success webinars, launching initiatives on peer mentoring, first-year experience, time management, and mentoring, and tutoring support for returning adult students.

Early Childhood Education

Thanks to the support of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the ACP program launched an initiative in the summer of 2012 focusing on the field of Early Childhood Education. As part of the initiative ACP partnered with multiple early child care centers and county Head Start locations and NOVA’s workforce training partner.

ACP’s Success Advisor, Theresa Gentile, is assigned to this initiative. She specializes in credentials and careers in the field of Early Childhood Education. Before ACP, Theresa joined AmeriCorps through the Virginia College Advising Corps to work as an advisor with first-generation college students. She served the NOVA-Alexandria Campus for two years, supporting students in the transfer process to four-year schools. Theresa also interned with the Denver Scholarship Foundation assisting their leadership team in student retention efforts.